Man, this was a long episode.
Normally when I watch anime, 20 minutes couldn’t have flown by faster. But this week’s episode of Attack On Titan: The Final Season felt like a 40 minute episode. A lot has happened, therefore, a lot will be covered. So sit tight, and let’s get into it! I actually don’t have anything “useful” to offer this time, but I do have a lot of feelings, if that makes any sense at all. But you’ll see what I’m getting at.
This blog post would make more sense if it were a podcast episode or a live commentary like in a cricket match or a reaction video. I only have those feelings to share. But I’m not going to deny that I went through a whole roller coaster before getting here. I’m not even sure how to format this post, so take this as a highlight reel instead! Let’s go!
My god, that’s a bitch slap if I’ve ever seen one. It’s at this point in the episode I started admiring Eren’s tenacity. His iconic phrase “tatakae” is something of a joke without erasing its seriousness, but after this episode I’m only left with admiration for him. He’s becoming the poster boy for persistence in my head, and I have to say, I’m not really complaining.
I mean, look at this guy. This scene was SO good. I still don’t understand why he didn’t walk away from this fight, but he dove right into it and kept it up. This man was absolutely cornered and I didn’t even expect him to recover from getting that “stake through his heart” but he’s surprised me so much in one episode.
The first frame actually made me look at Eren very very differently. He honestly looked like a child that was extremely relieved the adult was finally here to takeover from an extremely distressful situation. I’ve never seen him make such a heart-rending expression. This whole episode was just lined up to make me change my entire perspective on Eren and his choices. And it actually made sense. Zeke referring to himself as “Onii-chan” (even if it were true) made me snort. Not because of how the term has evolved into some ridiculous ‘joke’ but it just felt funny coming from him.
This scene was SO underwhelming and massively disappointing. I thought there’d be like intense background music and everything from all the hype the same manga panel and the teasers for the anime caused. It just….happened and I don’t know what alternative I was expecting but this just wasn’t it for me, but it’s alright because I had something far more horrifying waiting for me.
Why won’t Zeke just go to him?! (1)
I’ve seen the manga panel for this as well, but because I didn’t know when it to expect it, I was genuinely scared for my life for a split second, WHO IS THIS WOMAN. AND WHY DOES SHE HAVE SO MUCH POWER OVER ME. I might have been very on the fence about how I felt about Eren, but her? If I see a Yelena stan in this lifetime, I will quit anime altogether. I won’t but see, that’s my point. That’s how ridiculous the concept of liking her is.
Growth is beautiful. It truly is. I never thought I was capable of letting my frustration and hatred for Gabi go, but 2022 seems to be the year of miracles. But in all seriousness, I’m very interested in how she’s going to contribute to the story from now on! Where do you think this realisation is going to take her?
Sir, this is a Wendy’s.
I thought this was a cute moment until it hit how sad this really was. This boy’s been doing some deep thinking from far too long ago, but I highly doubt Isayama Sensei’s going to give him a break. I’ve never been able to shake off the feeling that Falco’s here to do more than this.
WHY WON’T YOU GO TO HIM, MY DUDE???? (2)
seriously, am I missing something here?
If anyone needed a visual understanding for the phrase “Spoke Too Soon” I’d refer them to this scene. I’m sure so many of you could also see what was coming from a mile away. We humans are such simple creatures, aren’t we?
My favourite part about this episode was how they still maintained the cliffhanger. Was it illegal? Yes. Am I a masochist? Probably. I can feel myself actually opening to the idea that I felt Armin was ridiculous to propose in the first place. I can feel my attitude towards Eren changing, and suddenly his “Tatakae” seems to make a lot more sense to me. We’ll just have to wait and see if Armin was right, and then hand Eren his Oscar.